The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

To Make a Prairie

An ethereal setting of Emily Dickinson’s timeless musing on creation and dreams

Words by Emily Dickinson

An ethereal setting of Emily Dickinson’s small but timeless poem about creativity, perseverance and vision. Opening with a dream-like piano part and delicate unison vocal lines, To Make a Prairie is embued throughout with an atmosphere of mystery and awe.

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To Make a Prairie

To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee —
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.

Emily Dickinson
© by Little, Brown and Company. Reprinted by permission of the publisher



Premiere: Women-in-Music Chorale / Christine Strohl (Columbus, OH)
Anima Singers / Emily Ellsworth (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Carolyn Slenska, Betsy Yarrison and Mimi Stevens (Alexandria, VA)
Celestia, of The Concord Singers / Michael Sanflippo (Summit, NJ)
Fine Arts Chorale of Kansas City / Terri Teal (Kansas City and Prairie Village, MO)
Good Company! / Steven Hoifeldt (Ames, IA)
Rutgers University Queen’s Chorale / Steven A. Russell (New Brunswick, NJ)